The Haverhill Masonic Building, 111 Merrimack St., will open its doors to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the 2014 Spring Open House, a state-wide celebration of Freemasonry.
If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templar, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out.
This event is presented by the Merrimack and Saggahew lodges. Members of both lodges will lead tours of their building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs and symbols, and explain what they do. Members of the two Haverhill lodges will be displaying many historical artifacts from their collections and archives.
A free pancake breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. There will also be demonstrations by other Masonic-related groups.
Freemasonry in Haverhill dates back to 1802 with the founding of Merrimack Lodge and grew to the point that a second lodge, Saggahew Lodge, was chartered following the Civil War in 1865. Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion and develop the bonds of friendship between them. Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3 million is given to charity every day, 70 percent of which benefits the general public.
Freemasonry in Massachusetts is comprised of 35,000 members and more than 230 lodges throughout the state. More information is available by calling 800-882-1020 or online at www.askafreemason.org.
Schools benefit from Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser
Silver Hill Horace Mall Charter School raised the most funds in weeks two through four of the six-week-long “Get Smart Haverhill" school fundraiser that began March 3 and ends April 14.
Consentino School raised the most money during week five. Silver Hill received a $200 credit toward food for a party or meeting from UNO, as well as a laptop computer and iPad, courtesy of Align Credit Union. Consentino received a $500 Staples gift card, also courtesy of Align.